Intensive English language course for Education Staff

COURSE OVERVIEW
Considered to be the international language of business, English is the most widely learned second language and an official language of the European Union and of many other world and regional international organisations. Speaking English is a crucial asset to enter the labour market and there is an increasing demand for English courses that satisfy the needs of a global society.
Designed and given by a native English speaker this course is offered in two standard formats, an intensive 1-week course or a 2-weeks long course of full English Language immersion. The course is offered in two levels, intermediate (for participants with at least a B1 level) and basic (for participants with a low level of English). Each participant can choose the format and the level that best suit his/her needs.

MAIN OBJECTIVES
This course aims to improve the participants’ English competences through the implementation of dynamic and interactive language-learning methods.
The intermediate course is ideal for secondary teachers and trainers who teach their subjects in English and needs to further improve their level of English.
The basic course is ideal for educational staff with a low level of English, for teachers taking the first steps towards CLIL and for teachers interested in working in a European project in which the working language is English.
We work with all levels of English, and try to cater to the individual needs of each participant.
Thanks to this course participants will:
- Improve their comprehension of spoken and written English by listening and interacting with native speakers
- Master English grammar rules from simple to complex structures
- Distinguish the difference between international business English and English spoken locally
- Improve their writing skills and learn how to write a resume, cover letter and other styles of writing in English
- Participate in group projects and strengthen their presentation skills in English
- Be introduced to different English learning methods and tools to help further their language study.

TARGET AUDIENCE
This course is open to: teachers, trainers, headmasters, school and education managers, career counselors, human resources officers, project coordinators, other school staff, other adult aducation staff, other higher education staff, other non-governamental organization staff, public servants, policy makers.

DAILY PROGRAMME
Our standard program comprises 7 or 14 days of course, of which the first one is dadicated to networking, preparation and cultural immersion and the last one to follow up, specific need and cultural activities.
Participants can choose to arrive 1 day before the start of the course and/or leave 1 day after the end of it in order to enjoy a deeper cultural immersion. Upon specific request we can organize longer or shorter version of this course.

1-week format
Day 1
- Participants arrival
- Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city
- Networking activities
- Guided visit in Bologna
- Welcome dinner
Day 2
- Course introduction
- Competences ex-ante evaluation
- Ice-breaking activities
- Teambuilding exercises
- English Grammar according to Level
- Conversation Lab
Day 3
- English Grammar
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: Pronunciation and the English Phonetic Alphabet
- Group Work/Cultural Activities & Games
- Cultural activities in Bologna and traditional Italian aperitif
Day 4
- English Grammar
- Conversation lab
- Group Work/Cultural Activities & Games
- Guided visit in Florence (optional)
Day 5
- English Grammar
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: Using Multimedia platforms for Language Learning
- Group work/Cultural Activities & Games
Day 6
- English Practice Test (Reading, Writing, Listening, Use of English) According to Level
- Conversation Test
- Focus: How to write a Resume and a Cover Letter in English
- Group work/Cultural Activities & Games
- Dinner in traditional Italian restaurant
Day 7
- Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow-up activities
- Course roundup and final evaluation
- Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony
- Additional training session tailored to specific needs (optional)
- Cultural activities or additional guided visit in another major Italian city (optional)
- Participants departure

2-weeks format
Day 1
- Participants arrival
- Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city
- Networking activities
- Guided visit in Bologna (optional)
- Welcome dinner
Day 2
- Course introduction
- Competences ex-ante evaluation
- Ice-breaking activities
- Teambuilding exercises
- English Grammar according to Level
- Conversation lab
Day 3
- English Grammar
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: Pronunciation and the English Phonetic Alphabet
- Group Work/Cultural Activities & Games
- Cultural activities in Bologna and traditional Italian aperitif
Day 4
- English Grammar
- Conversation lab
- Focus: Learning vocabulary and grammar with technology
- Group Work /Cultural Activities & Games
Day 5
- English Grammar
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: Using Multimedia platforms for Language Learning
- Group work/Cultural Activities & Games
Day 6
- English Practice Test (Reading, Writing, Listening, Use of English) According to Level
- Conversation Test
- Focus: How to write a Resume and a Cover Letter in English
- Group work/Cultural Activities & Games
- Dinner in traditional Italian restaurant
Day 7
- Free Time
- Guided visit in Florence or Venice (optional)
Day 8
- Free Time
- Guided visit in Bologna or another major Italian city (optional)
- Network activities (optional)
Day 9
- English Grammar
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: Learning with digital presentations
- Group project
Day 10
- Teaching in English: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: English Language – newspapers and journalism
- Group project
- Cultural activities in Bologna and dinner in Pizzeria
Day 11
- English for Teachers and Educators: education vocabulary
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: English Language - new words, idioms and colloquialisms
- Group project
Day 12
- English Practice Test (Reading, Writing, Listening, Use of English) According to Level
- Conversation Lab
- Focus: English Culture
- Group project
Day 13
- Presentation of Group Projects
- Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow-up activities
- Course roundup and final evaluation
- Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony
- Farewell dinner
Day 14
- Participants departure

METHODOLOGY
We tailor the working methods based upon participants’ needs, attitudes and professional profiles in order to ensure high productivity, effectiveness and transferability into practice. The standard methodology is highly practical and participative with hands-on approach that comprises real-job examples, case studies examination and simulations. We embrace collaboratively working methods that foster mutual learning and cooperation among participants. Our focus is on learning in an interactive and international environment.The pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, group and peer activities, learning-by-doing and best practices’exchange.
Morning Wrap-up and brief daily evaluations are foreseen to ensure quality of education and to adapt the learning programme to participants' needs better tailoring the education. We organize optional social, networking and cultural activities in order to give participants the opportunity to know Italy as well as to exchange best-practice and establish professional cooperation and links.
We organize optional social, networking and cultural activities in order to give participants the opportunity to know Italy as well as to exchange best-practice and establish professional cooperation and links.
The training and staff team is multinational thus giving a full Europen dimension to the course.
The class-based course is completed by the support of an E-learning portal
that is a great support both before and after the course in Italy.

SESSIONS PLANNED
You can find below the sessions planned. If none of these dates suits you please mind that we may organize an additional session ad-hoc for your school if there are at least 6 participants interested, so feel welcome to contact us at staff@ifom.info to let us know about your needs.
Bologna, Italy
26.07.2020 - 01.08.2020
02.08.2020 - 08.08.2020
01.08.2021 - 07.08.2021

COSTS AND ERASMUS+ FUNDING
Course fee: EUR 490 per participant
Support fee: EUR 200 per participant covering personal and cultural support, dissemination activities and production of a sum-up video, support in the validation and certification process, all coffee breaks and organization of two walk tour in the city where course is taking place
Accommodation and meals fee: depending on the participants’ requests
Course fee and support fee are both mandatory

Teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant covering all the costs including travel, board and lodging, cultural activities and all fees. Our training courses are tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus+ and are available in different options to ensure that the Erasmus+ grant will be sufficient.

The most common option that we offer to schools and organizations costs EUR 1220 and includes course fee, support fee, accommodation in single room, all coffee breaks, 3 meals per day, walking tour in the venue’s city and local transport during the course. Based on your preferences and budget you can request different services, a less inclusive/cheaper option or you can choose to organize the board and lodging by yourself and opt to just attend the training course.

CERTIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together - if requested - with the Europass Mobility Certificate.
We support the participants in every step of certification an d validation of learning outcomes with specific focus on European instruments and Erasmus plus requirements such as staff mobility/learning agreement, quality commitment and Europass mobility certificate.
We experienced that schools and education organizations may require additional documents to certify the competences learned or the presence in the training course. Upon detailed request we can provide those documents as well as we provide photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.

WHO WE ARE
The Institute for Training, Employability and Mobile learning (IFOM) is a training centre that holds extensive experience in designing and implementing learning mobility projects for teachers, education staff and students with the support of European programmes, especially Erasmus+.
IFOM offers a range of innovative and practice-driven training courses tailored for education staff, especially teachers. Our focus is on learning outside the classroom in a cooperative and international environment and the pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, learning-by-doing and best practices’ exchange.
IFOM designs and organises training courses and structured training events as well as job-shadowing and study visits for teachers, trainers, headmaster and other education staff in order to support them to improve their competences and the quality of education provided by acquiring transversal skills and specific knowledge on innovative teaching methods and practices. At the same time IFOM organises national and transnational work-based experiences for students, graduates, apprentices and unemployed people.
IFOM works closely with schools, teachers and students at regional and national level. Some of the IFOM trainers are working as well as teachers in local schools and are organising specific project-based and non formal activities for the student as such they can bring to the course concrete and real-life classroom experiences based on their practice.

IFOM is member and participates in eTwinning particularly in the European Corner and notably using the teachers' corner to find teaching resources about European Union and European best practices. IFOM uses eTwinning as well to network with fellow teachers and schools, both at Italian and European level and to find interesting events, projects and partners.
IFOM has a long-standing and successful experience in delivering teacher training courses under the LLP and Erasmus+ programme. Past participants appreciated our interactive and hands-on approach focused on practice and experiential training and our support in project application, practical arrangements, certification and dissemination. IFOM, as partner, brings a strong added value to an Erasmus+ project thanks to:
- Its experience in more than 100 Erasmus+ projects
- Its international activity and presence (e.g. eTwinnig, SEG, EPALE…)
- Its involvement as stakeholder in EC initiatives and networks
- Its dissemination and visibility capacity and support

OUR QUALITY STANDARDS
We comply to the 10 principles set in the European Quality Charter for Mobility:
- Information and guidance: we provide every participant with access to clear and reliable sources of information and guidance on mobility and the conditions in which it can be taken up, including details of the Charter and the roles of sending and hosting organisations
- Learning plan: we draw up a learning plan describing the objectives and expected outcomes, the means of achieving them and the evaluation measures, taking account of reintegration issues
- Personalisation: we tailor the mobility based on participants’ needs and we ensure that the training course fits in with personal learning pathways, skills and motivation of participants and develops or supplements them
- General preparation: before departure, we can provide participants with general preparation tailored to their specific needs and covering linguistic, pedagogical, legal, cultural and financial aspects
- Linguistic aspects: we support the participants both before, during and after the course, we speak 10 languages do we can fully support the participants form the linguistic point of view
- Logistical support: our venues are easily accessible and based on our vast experience in mobility projects we provide detailed information and assistance concerning travel arrangements, insurance, the portability of government grants and loans, residence or work permits, social security and any other practical aspects
- Mentoring: we provide continuous mentoring to advise and help participants before, throughout and after their stay
- Recognition: we’ve vast experience in recognition of learning outcomes and we assist participants and sending organizations in the recognition and certification process including the issuing of the Europass mobility certificate
- Reintegration and evaluation: during the training we run daily evaluations as well as a final evaluation to monitor and assess all aspects of the training courses and ensure its quality, when appropriate we run an ex-ante and ex-post evaluation to assess the learning outcomes and the competences acquired, after the training we support participants in order to enhance their reintegration
- Commitments and responsibilities: we draw up and sign with the participant a learning agreement and quality commitment and we monitor that the training course comply with these standards

In addition we follow the best practices identified by the IQAIST network:
- Innovative, modern and practice-driven content
- Practical, participative and hands-on methodology
- Tailored programme based on actual professional needs
- Knowledge applicable to the real contexts and/or in the classroom
- Collaborative learning and best practices’ exchange
- European added value and exchange of best practices between countries
- Attention to personal growth and development
- Needs assessment before the training
- Distance learning support before and after the training
- Continuous monitoring and evaluation after the training
- Validation and certification of competences
- Clear communication, practical information and guidance
- Full support, commitment and responsibility
- Easy accessibility
- Flexibility
- Cultural immersion and social activities

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Istituto per la formazione, l'occupazione e la mobilità
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Bologna, Italien


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